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Transfixation cast technique for arthrodesis of the distal interphalangeal joint of horses

Journal: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology (VCOT)
ISSN: 0932-0814
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3415/VCOT-09-05-0061
Issue: 2011: Issue 1 2011
Pages: 62-67

Transfixation cast technique for arthrodesis of the distal interphalangeal joint of horses

J. L. Easter (1), J. Schumacher (2), J. P. Watkins (3)

(1) Performance Equine Associates, Whitesboro, Texas, USA; (2) Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; (3) Department of Large Animal Medicine & Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA

Keywords

infection, osteoarthritis, Arthrodesis, horse, distal interphalangeal joint

Summary

Surgical arthrodesis of the distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint by transfixation casting was used to salvage a three-year-old filly and a yearling filly that were chronically lame because of infection of the DIP joint for breeding. Unlike previously described techniques for arthrodesis of the DIP joint, the technique used did not require insertion of implants across the joint, which may have contributed to the successful outcome.

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